Rhythm Sticks

In Language Arts (Listening and Learning), students listened to the read-aloud book called “Helpers in My Community” and discussed with their teacher how these people make our lives easier. Talk to your child about the roles of different community helpers (i.e., doctors, teachers, firefighters, police officers, etc.).

In Reading and Writing Workshop, students worked on the “–ap family” through a cut and paste activity. They identified and pasted the correct words ending in –ap beside the word that describes the picture. Students worked on nap, lap, map, cap, rap, trap, snap, and clap. They also did an –ap Word Search. For students at the beginning level, they traced simple sentences ending in –ap. Students at the advanced level, on the other hand, wrote sentences ending in –ap. In addition, students worked on several high frequency words: if, in, is, it, you, that. They practiced tracing and writing these words in school. Please practice reading and writing these words at home.

In Math, students practiced writing the numbers 1–20. They were also introduced to the concepts of “greater than” and “less than”. They learned the symbols “>” for “greater than” and “<” for “less than” and applied their understanding of these concepts by placing the right symbol between 2 groups of bubbles in a bucket. We also worked on addition and counting by 2’s.

In Kodaly Music, we sang “Love is Patient, Love is Kind”. We played the rhythm sticks to the song “Tap Your Sticks in the Air”. We also reviewed “The Seven Days of Creation” and shook leaves with parachutes.

We also read the story of “The Good Samaritan”. A man was robbed and left hurt on the road. Two men passed by and didn’t stop.  A Samaritan passed by; he stopped and took the man to an inn and gave money to the innkeeper to take care of the man. Talk to your child at home about “The Good Samaritan” story and ask/discuss with them:

1. Did the two men who passed by did the right thing?
2. Did the Samaritan do the right thing?
3. Which of the men made a better choice?
4. What choice are you going to make?
5. Can you name a few ways you can show kindness to your family, friends, teachers, and the community?

At home: Please practice reading the high frequency words your child learned in school last week and words ending in –ap. Do some math drills and ask your child to compare different quantities of lego bricks, crayons, pencils, fruit, candy, etc. and see if they can tell you if one is greater, or less, than the other.

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